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Every tooth is compiled of layers. The outermost layer is called the tooth enamel and it is the hardest bone in your body, defending the rest of the tooth from bacteria and debris. It acts as a shield for the next layer down, the dentin. Dentin fastens to the jaw through the root and it is more malleable than the enamel. It also is unswervingly linked to nerves.

This connection is what makes your mouth hurt when the bottom of your teeth is receding from the gumline. Gum recession can be very painful, but our dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh is pleased to offer an effective treatment to battle it: pinhole surgery. With this groundbreaking new treatment, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh can heal your gum recession with very little pain or discomfort. Before you take further steps toward this procedure, however, here are a few FAQs to consider:

What causes gum recession?

Reasons include:
— Trauma to the gums
— Bruxism
— Overly forceful brushing or flossing that destroys the gums
— Irregular tooth positioning
— Genetics

Pinhole Surgical Technique

This is a new way to fight gum recession. Traditional methods used a system called grafting in which the specialist would take gums from other areas of the mouth to cover the receding area. However, grafting can be uncomfortable and painful.

With the pinhole surgical technique, the Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh uses specialized surgical tools that spread the gum from above the recession over unprotected dentin.

It’s that simple. You can book an appointment for your receding gums by calling our practice, Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS, in San Francisco, California, at 415.682.6377.